A reworking of Shakespeare's Hamlet
, ROYAL DECEIT may lack the Bard's lyrical dialogue but it does boast some sensational action sequences and a truly top-notch cast.
In 6th century Denmark, young Prince Amled (Christian Bale), son of King Hardvendel (Tom Wilkinson), discovers that his uncle Fenge (Gabriel Byrne) murdered his father in order to gain the throne and the hand of his mother, Queen Geruth (Helen Mirren). Seething with rage, Amled pretends to be mad
in order to gain sympathy while he secretly plots revenge.
Believing that Amled is faking his madness, Fenge and his henchmen set him up with a woman--to whom they hope he'll confess his masquer...